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Cops: Two men arrested after chase ends in crash on Fairway Avenue

Police on the scene of the crash on Fairway Avenue that ended a chase through downtown streets overnight. Photo: Stringer News Service

Update (10:15 a.m.): Riverhead Town Police identified two teenagers arrested early this morning after they led police on a chase in a stolen pickup truck, according to a police report.

Police said Eleeam Sanchez, 17, of Flanders, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury.

His passenger, Gino Florian, 17, was charged with grand larceny in the third degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, according to police.

Florian was arraigned by Judge Allen Smith at Peconic Bay Medical Center. Sanchez was held for morning arraignment in Riverhead Justice Court.

Original story:
Two men were arrested after leading police on a downtown chase in a stolen pickup truck overnight.

The chase ended in a crash in the backyard of a house on the corner of East Main Street and Fairway Avenue in Riverhead shortly before 3 a.m., according to Riverhead Town Police.

The driver of the vehicle fled on foot but was apprehended. The passenger was trapped in the pickup, which had crashed through a hedge and into a tree. Riverhead Fire Department Heavy Rescue responded to extricate the man, who suffered a broken arm and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, police said.

The pickup truck was reported stolen from Booker Drive, according to police.

Check back later for additional information, which police said will be forthcoming.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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